Chinese legislators have adopted a series of laws at the end of a week-long bimonthly session in Beijing. Among the laws passed by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee was China’s first counter-terrorism law.
A proposed legal ban on the use of surrogate mothers has been scrapped after lawmakers raised objections over the effectiveness of such a move, it was announced on Sunday.
The top legislature is considering banning surrogacy, as well as the buying and selling of sperm, eggs, fertilized eggs and embryos in China, as it reviews a draft amendment to a family planning law.
The coming law aims to deal with emerging problems and challenges facing the overall development of traditional Chinese medicine in the country.
All couples have been encouraged to have two children, and couples who have two children can enjoy longer maternity leave, according to a draft.
The State Council passed a draft of China's first law covering traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) at an executive meeting on Wednesday.
The unprecedented move to publish the powers of all ministries was announced along with several other reform initiatives at a meeting in Beijing.
Some behaviors, such as gathering a crowd in a medical center to disrupt its normal operational order, paying someone to take a test, or cursing a judge in court, will now be regarded as crimes.